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James "Jim" Owens

August 15, 1930 ~ October 5, 2018 (age 88)

Mr. James “Jim” Owens, age 88, of Metropolis, IL, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Baptist Health Paducah.

Graveside services will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in the Metropolis Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Mr. Owens retired from Allied Chemical. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and helping with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile locally. He was a cancer survivor that proudly participated in the Relay for Life and was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class. James loved sports, especially golf and hunting, and held the Metropolis High School kicking record for several decades. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren “deer hunting” and to the river. Jim was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the Elks.

James is survived by his daughters, Deborah Marsh and husband Robert of Syracuse, NY, Janice Wilson and husband Wayne of New Orleans, LA, Karen Heisner and husband Terry of Metropolis, IL, and Kim Cunningham and husband Jeff of Metropolis, IL; 9 grandchildren, Sarah Marsh Szotek and husband Paul, Derek Marsh and wife Kimberly, Justin Marsh, Adrienne Wilson Giacalone and husband James, Meredith Wilson Blanque and husband Jonathan, Joshua Heisner and wife Andrea, Heather Heisner Funderburk and husband James, Brittney Heisner, and Madison Cunningham; 10 great grandchildren, Carson and Cooper Szotek, Cohen, Holden, and Tenley Marsh, Rocco and Drake Giacalone, Owen and Kellen Heisner, and Isla Blanque; 3 step great grandchildren, Carly, Beck and Ava Funderburk; one sister, Shirley Holder; one sister-in-law, Betty Halcom; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ras V. and Doris (Franklin) Owens; wife of 67 years, Alice (Peebles) Owens; 3 siblings, Robert Vernon Owens, Marilyn Grimes, and Donald Owens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Jim’s name to the American Cancer Society Metro East Division, 5 Schiber Court, Maryville, IL 62062 or the American Legion Post 306, 321 Market Street, Metropolis, IL 62960.

Arrangements are entrusted to Miller-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Nutty, Bob Hahn, Clark Williams, Bud Stoner, Chuck Windhorst, George Giltner and the Fidelis Sunday School Class

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
5 Schriber Court, Maryville IL 62062

American Legion Post 306
321 Market Street, Metropolis IL 62960

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